Active Transportation & Built Environment

Bills that are relevant to active transportation and built environment research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed here.

Active Transportation & Built Environment

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 86 State Rep. Valoree Swanson Referred to Transportation - 2/25/21 Requires signs to be posted in school crossing zones that say wireless communication devices are prohibited in these zones, and that there will be a fine.
HB 114 State Rep. Steve Toth Referred to Transportation - 2/25/21 State agency must determine that a private entity has obtained all necessary federal approvals and permits for the construction of a high speed rail project. The state agency may not issue any permit required for the project; or negotiate or enter into an agreement with the private entity for right of way access for the project.
HB 156 State Rep. Evelina Ortega

Bill passed the House - 5/13/21

Relating to the authorization by referendum of an optional county fee on vehicle registration in certain counties. Companion Bill: SB 584
HB 554 State Rep Ray Lopez Out of House Committee - 5/7/21 An operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle on a highway or street. Companion Bill: SB 1290
HB 962 State Rep. John H. Bucy, III Bill passed the House - 4/28/21 A driver education course must require the student to complete certain requirements.
HB 985 State Rep DeWayne Burns Bill passed the House - 4/23/21 The commission by rule shall require that information relating to human trafficking prevention be included in the curriculum of any driver education course or driving safety course.
HB 1265 State Rep. Four Price Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence - 3/04/21 A person commits an offense if the person recklessly obstructs or interferes with: (1) a first responder's ability to render aid at the scene of an emergency to a person who is suffering serious bodily injury; or (2) the passage of an authorized emergency vehicle that is operating the vehicle's siren or emergency lighting system to or from the scene of an emergency where a person is suffering serious bodily injury.
HB 1277 State Rep. Elizabeth Campos Out of House Committee - 4/22/21 With money contributed to the Ending Homelessness fund under Section 502.415, transportation Code, the department shall operate a transitional housing pilot program in four areas of this state.
HB 1411 State Rep. Gary Gates No action taken in House committee - 5/04/21 A school district may, with the funds allotted under this section, provide a bus pass, [or] card for another transportation system, or prepaid fuel card to each student who is eligible to use the regular transportation system of the district but for whom the regular transportation system of the district is not a feasible method of providing transportation, including to a location at which students are provided work-based learning under the district's career and technology program. The commissioner by rule shall provide procedures for a school district to provide bus passes, [or] cards for another transportation system, or prepaid fuel cards to students under this subsection.
HB 1918 State Rep. Chris Turner Referred to Transportation - 3/15/21 A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than two years of age, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system.
SB 42 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to State Affairs - 3/03/21 Individuals cannot use wireless mobile device while driving unless it is hands free speaker, to contact emergency services; or it was mounted in or on the vehicle solely to continuously record or broadcast video inside or outside of the vehicle.
SB 584 State Sen. Cesar J. Blanco Referred to Transportation - 3/11/21 Relating to the authorization by referendum of an optional county fee on vehicle registration in certain counties. Companion Bill: HB 156
SB 1290 State Sen. Sarah Eckhardt Referred to Transportation - 3/18/21 An operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle on a highway or street. Companion Bill: HB 554

Active Transportation & Built Environment Resources:

1. Creating a culture of bicycling and walking  

2. Our kids want to walk the walk  

3. STREETS   

4. Houston TRAIN Study   

5. Moving Toward Active Transportation: How Policies Can Encourage Walking and Bicycling  

6. CDC Transportation Health Impact Assessment Toolkit  

7. Why Active Transportation?  

8. The Planning Perspective on Health: Community Health as a Goal of Good Design  

9. Active Transportation  

10. The State of Transportation and Health Equity  

11. Getting the Wheels Rolling: A guide to using policy to create bicycle friendly communities 

12. Improving Health Through Transportation and Land-Use Policies 

13. Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health  

14. Creating Built Environments That Expand Active Transportation and Active Living Across the United States: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association 

15. Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers    

16. Case Studies on Active Transportation Funding, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, Shared Use, and Environmental Justice